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People Share Their Horrible Experiences They've Had On Home Makeover Shows

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I've always thought it would be amazing to be on a home makeover show. Have a team come in, design, and do the work on our upstairs...now I'm rethinking that. Even though plenty of contestants have a good experience, it would stink to be on the other side.

It's no secret that what happens on reality shows is often completely different from reality. A bunch of people on Reddit shared the NIGHTMARES they experienced when they were on various home makeover shows.

Here are some of the highlights:

  1. "We were on a backyard makeover show. It was done super cheap and fast. They decorated it super nice for the 'reveal' and then they took away all the decorations which made it look good... "Two weeks after the show our backyard was very soggy and smelled like [poop]. It turns out they dug up our sewer line when the put in [a] pond and sewage was going everywhere."
  2. "Friends were on a show a few years ago. It was a super intense three weeks of filming and the redesign looked great on camera. In reality, it was literally things stuck together with staples and tape. After the show, my friend took two weeks off work to rebuild everything properly."
  3. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition did an episode in my town...[it] was completed in one week...The home has any number of problems. The owner went back to Extreme Makeover to fix everything, and was told, 'You got this for free, fix it yourself.'"
  4. "I interned for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the early 2000s. Yes, their taxes go through the roof. Tons of the families on it end up selling everything that was put in the house (computers, appliances, etc.) to help pay the property taxes."
  5. "I plumbed a house that was getting an HGTV remodel. Long story short: they cut more corners than the contractors already want to and that's saying a lot. I would never buy a house remodeled on one of those shows."
  6. "I'm a painter and know two different couples who were on Love It or List It. Painted rooms looked good enough for camera, but [crap] in person. Had to repaint all renovated areas."

Check out more horror stories and some success stories here.


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